The Isles of Scilly offer a certain quality of life - simpler, kinder and more peaceful. A quality long lost to many other parts of the UK. And 2,200 people are lucky enough to call it home.
There are five inhabited islands and countless uninhabited ones to explore. Each island has its distinct characteristics. Scilly also boasts an incredible ancient history and archaeology, alongside sweeping sea views and rugged undeveloped coasts. Out at sea, there are incredible shipwrecks and amazing wildlife.
Our heritage revolves around the sea - fishing for lobsters, crabs and crayfish and racing traditional pilot gigs. Flower farming also thrives here; Scilly's scented narcissi are renowned the world over.
The sea air, clean seas and mild weather also provide the additional secret ingredients to local fare - including lobster, tender island-reared beef, freshest vegetables and melt-in-the mouth ice-creams. Enjoy our cafes and restaurants; explore our local stores and farm stalls.
So come: submerge yourself in our way of life. Unwind in a natural playground and indulge in some island experiences.
Just 28 miles of the Cornish coast you will discover 5 islands, surrounded by azure waters, white beaches and a wonderful climate where sub–tropical plants thrive.
Hop on board the Scillonian III, our recently refurbished ship and discover the Isles of Scilly. The Scillonian Passenger Ferry sets sail from Penzance harbour up to 7 days a week.
Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, Steamship House, Quay Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4BZ.Read more »
A small homely hotel situated beside Newquay Airport. Easy access, to all of Cornwall’s amenities, three minutes from two beautiful beaches and the north coast, ten minutes from Newquay, fifteen minutes from Padstow, twenty minutes from the south coast and just ten minutes from the A30. Surrounded by many golf links and courses.Read more »
Skybus fly all year round to St Mary’s from Land’s End and Newquay, and from Exeter between March and November. If you are staying on Tresco, we recommend that you book your journey through the Island Office as our fares include all island transfers.Read more »
Sail to Scilly from the mainland as ‘hands on’ crew on our fleet of pilot cutters, luggers, and historic sailing ships. Once in the archipelago, enjoy different anchorages, explore ashore and island hop under sail.
Classic Sailing offer 6 or 7 day sailing holidays with a skipper as your guide. We provide freshly cooked meals and accommodation on board characterful wooden vessels for a fantastic Scillies adventure.Read more »
The Scilly Cart Co is a family owned and run business providing electric vehicles for use across St. Mary’s. With flexible hiring options and easy to use carts, it’s a great way to discover the many varied and beautiful places on the island. It is also ideal for people with reduced mobility who wish to explore.Read more »
St Mary’s Boatmen’s Association caters for all your boating requirements, from direct trips to all of the islands or wildlife trips for Atlantic grey seals and the breeding seabirds including puffins. Nearly all of the trips run at 10.15 or 14.00 every day.Read more »
The place to hire your bicycle on St Mary’s. We provide a full range of bicycles and accessories to suit all ages and sizes. Pedal power for all the family. We provide a comprehensive service that lets you enjoy your stay here with peace of mind and all the time to follow the big yellow map and see St Mary’s at its best.Read more »
We are a friendly and reliable taxi service based on St. Mary’s, working seven days a week, including evenings and weekends. We have two vehicles available for hire, one carrying four passengers and one carrying six passengers. The larger vehicle has two integrated baby/booster seats so children can be transported safely and comfortably. We are available for a quick taxi trip to get you from A to B, as well as more leisurely tours of the island.
We really look forward to being of service to you whilst you are on the islands.Read more »
Bikes are the primary form of transport on the island and are available to hire at the bike store, which is located next door to Tresco Stores & Deli at the Flying Boat. There are bikes to suit all age groups. Guests can pre-book for their stay by calling the Island Office on +44 (0)1720 422849.Read more »
St Agnes Boating is a small family owned business that has over twenty years experience boating within the islands using Scilly's only purpose built catamaran the Spirit of St Agnes. For a more intimate bespoke service the Enterprise is available for special hire, fishing and sightseeing trips. Call us or go online to discuss your requirements.Read more »
Island Sea Safaris operate marine wildlife safaris in their 8m RIB FIREBRAND IV around and amongst the islands and rocks of Scilly to see Grey Atlantic seals, seabirds including Puffins, Razorbills and Guillemots,Shearwaters,Fulmars,Cormorants,Shags and Various Gulls from April to mid July. and visit some of the Islands shipwreck sites. We also visit many places of historical interest on our tours. The 8 meter rib seats 10 passengers.Read more »
Diverse food retail shop @ The Post Office on St Mary's, specialising in award winning homemade ready meals, fresh fish and IOS shellfish, gourmet 'best in town' sandwiches, freshly baked individual quiche daily, American import foods and fine wines. Tanglewood also stocks IOS eggs, vegetables, ales and ice cream. Bespoke catering available.Read more »
Scilly Flowers based at Churchtown Farm on St Martin’s is Scilly’s postal flower service. We send gift boxes of scented flowers to any UK address all year round. In the winter we grow and send Scented Narcissi and in the summer, Scented Pinks. If you are on St Martin’s, pop into the farm and see what we do.Read more »
Delicious homebaked cakes, freshly prepared lunches, afternoon cream teas or just a local beer; a warm welcome awaits you in our conservatory, plantsman’s garden or traditional Scillonian glasshouse.
Open Sunday to Friday 10.30am to 4.30pm.
Lunch served 12 noon to 2pm. Cream teas available from 2.30pm.
Polreath Tea Room will be closed all day on Wednesday 19th August 2015 to support the island Fete.
We're a family owned and run business where old traditions still hold. The Taylor family started making fudge twenty years ago on our farmhouse kitchen Aga. At Veronica Farm, on Bryher on the Isles of Scilly, we now have a purpose built fudge kitchen - still using traditional farmhouse methods.Read more »
The Council of the Isles of Scilly provides some great community facilities. Just out of Hugh Town by the new school, there's a newly equipped gym with qualified instructors on hand, and the Queen Elizabeth Sport's Hall just next door, together with a large astroturf field. Further up country at Normandy, an indoor swimming pool offers open sessions, swimming lessons and aquafit. Contact Active Scilly on 01720 424373 or visit www.scilly.gov.uk/learning-leisure/active-scilly to find out about all the sport and fitness activities that you can add to your holiday on Scilly.Read more »
North Farm Gallery is set in a charming converted barn on St Martin’s. Showcasing the work of our local artists, the Gallery houses a stunning collection of paintings, prints, jewellery, pottery and crafts, along with locally produced gifts, cards and books. Open from 10am – 5pm every day from mid-March to October. Reduced opening from November - March depending on demand and the weather!Read more »
At Sandpiper we pride ourselves on our sustainable clothing and accessories range from brands such as Braintree Bamboo and Hemp. We also stock famous brands like Weird Fish and Raging Bull. With inspirational and quality giftware sourced from local and Cornish origins we have something for all...pop in...we'd love to see you!Read more »
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT for 2015, Brunswick is a semi detached bungalow with large private front and rear gardens.
It can be found at the North of the Island of St Mary’s and is set back from the main road, approximately 1.5 miles from Hugh Town.
The beautiful sandy beach at Bar Point is within walking distance as is the Golf Club, Halangy ancient village and several burial chambers.
We are open all year with Saturday changeovers and also offer special deals during the winter months.
Sleeping up to four guests in two bedrooms, which can be prepared to either twin or double arrangements to suit you, the accommodation also features a generous open-plan lounge/dining room, a galley style kitchen and a shower room. There is also the added benefit of a large private garden, which makes a good play area for children and is perfect for al fresco dining on warm summer nightsRead more »
Attractive granite cottage with enviable location and stunning views across Porthcressa Bay. South facing patio just perfect for dinner with a view. Ideal for families or couples sharing for a relaxing Scilly holiday. Very close to all the towns amenities.Read more »
Strand House is a ﬁve star standard, seafront holiday cottage, offering luxury accommodation for up to 10 people in six bedrooms.
Close to the centre of Hugh Town with all its amenities, this 200 year old listed building features a walled and decked patio with private access to Town Beach.Read more »
Harbourside, as its name suggests, is just that, with direct access down to the beach or even at high tide a swim off the steps! Being only 100 metres from the quay this is an ideal location for those who want to be close to the harbour activities.Read more »
‘Tean’ is a spacious garden flat at Mount Flagon which sleeps 2 -4 and is registered with and graded Four Star Gold by Visit Britain. It is equipped to the highest standard to ensure that it becomes “your home from home”. Mount Flagon has an extensive garden for you to enjoy.Read more »
Sunnyside is a granite farmhouse, built before 1900 which has been converted into three self-catering holiday flats sleeping either two or four persons. The flats are part of Sunnyside Farm, 32 acres of which are used for the production of scented narcissus from October to April. Located in the centre of St Mary's, one mile from Hugh Town, there are pleasant walks in all directions to beaches, coastal footpaths, nature trails and moorland.Read more »
Bella Apartments are only a short walk from the amenities of Hugh Town and the beaches of Little Porth and Porthcressa. Some of our apartments have 180-degree sea views.
We are a short distance from the shops and restaurants including the Quay where all tripper boats depart for the Off- Islands. Our apartments Bella Vista, Little Bella, Bella Maria and Bella Bryher are finished to a high standard and have all attained a 4 Star Gold Award from Visit Britain. Read more »
A quiet and peaceful location with an off-island feel, yet still on the main island of St. Mary’s with its shops, services and boat trips.
Wake up to the sound of nothing but gentle birdsong. Enjoy views over fields, abundant wildlife and pure nature on your doorstep. Get away from it all.
We welcome all; groups, families, couples, individuals, even pets!Read more »